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July 2016

IEEE Information Theory Society announced that David Tse will be awarded the 2017 Claude E. Shannon Award. The Shannon Award honors consistent and profound contributions to the field of information theory. Announced during the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory in Barcelona, Professor Tse was humbled and gratefully acknowledged the distinction.

David Tse is a leading figure in Information Theory & Applications. He has received numerous best paper awards from information theory, communications, signal processing and networking communities. His work is incorporated in cellular wireless standards. He also co-authored the text, "Fundamentals of Wireless Communication", which has influenced generations of wireless engineers and researchers. His research at Stanford focuses on applying information theory to computational biology and machine learning.

The Claude E. Shannon Award is the highest honor from the IEEE Information Theory Society. The award recognizes consistent and profound contributions to the field of information theory. We proudly congratulate David Tse for this very well deserved recognition.

David will be the Shannon Lecturer at the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory in Aachen, Germany.

July 2016

Electrical Engineering PhD candidate Cheuk Ting Li was awarded the IEEE Jack Keil Wolf ISIT Student Paper Award for his paper titled, "Distributed Simulation of Continuous Random Variables."

The IEEE Jack Keil Wolf ISIT Student Paper Award is given to up to 3 outstanding papers for which a student is the principal author and presenter. Award criteria includes both content and presentation. The award consists of an honorarium and plaque.

The Awards Committee is responsible for selecting the winners with the support of the ISIT TPC. The ISIT TPC recommends between 8 and 12 papers as finalists to the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee selects up to 6 papers as finalists. The Awards Committee judges the presentations, selects the winners, and announces the winners at the ISIT banquet.

 

Congratulations to Cheuk Ting Li!

 

July 2016

Research by Subhasish Mitra and H.-S. Philip Wong explore carbon nanotubes and their potential for boosting computing performance and capability. In a video produced by the National Science Foundation's online magazine, Science Nation, Subhasish and Philip describe the state of CNT research.

A Stanford School of Engineering article provides an overview. 

May 2016

Early results show that the quality of optical materials grown from diamondoid seeds is consistently high, says Stanford's Jelena Vuckovic, a professor of electrical engineering who is leading this part of the research with Steven Chu, professor of physics and of molecular and cellular physiology.

"Developing a reliable way of growing the nanodiamonds is critical," says Vuckovic, who is also a member of Stanford Bio-X and SystemX. "And it's really great to have that source and the grower right here at Stanford. Our collaborators grow the material, we characterize it and we give them feedback right away. They can change whatever we want them to change."

 

Excerpted from Stanford News. Read full article.

June 2016

Join us in congratulating the efforts of five extraordinary staff. Each month, the Staff Gift Card program acknowledges staff – who have been nominated by peers, students, and faculty – for their professional contributions that are above and beyond their everyday roles. We encourage you to nominate individuals or groups that have made a profound improvement in daily work life. Each recipient receives a $50 Visa card.

 

Please make time to congratulate the awardees listed below, with excerpts from their nominations.

 

Doug Chaffee, ISL Faculty Administrator

  • Doug goes above and beyond in everything he does.
  • He is dependable, resourceful, and plans with foresight and detail.

Dr. Joyce Farrell, Senior Research Engineer

  • Dr. Farrell displays professionalism and determination in planning, executing, and piloting major events.
  • She balances both industry and academic needs, providing a collaborative, discoverable environment for each.

Marie Hamel, Faculty Administrator

  • Marie is constantly going above and beyond what is expected of her. She is a lovely person and makes it fun to work in the EE Department.
  • Her performance is outstanding; I'm grateful for her dedicated efforts and achievements on our affiliate programs.

Andrea Kuduk, Administrative Associate

  • Andrea is an enormously reliable resource. She has taken on a big administrative overload, and is just superb!
  • She is always willing to help – from assisting colleagues, to helping faculty with research activity.

Edwin Mendoza, Faculty and Staff Affairs Administrator

  • Edwin is a terrific team player! He is always courteous and interested in helping out for the greater good.
  • He makes an extra effort to resolve problems. His dedication and hard work is appreciated by each of his colleagues.

The Staff Gift Card Bonus Program is sponsored by the School of Engineering. Each year, the EE department receives several gift cards to distribute to staff members who are recognized for going above and beyond their role. Each month, staff are chosen from nominations received from faculty, students, and staff. Past nominations are eligible for future months. Nominate a deserving staff person today!

June 2016

Amin Arbabian was awarded the Tau Beta Pi Undergraduate Teaching Award. Charles Guan (EE BS '16) and Vikram Prasad (EE BS '16) presented Amin with the award during the EE commencement ceremony, June 12, 2016.

Professor Arbabian "combines stellar research with an intuition-driven method of teaching, embedding real-life applications and contemporary thought into our education," stated Vikram Prasad.

Co-presenter, Charles Guan added, "At every level, he has been fully invested in us and our learning. His passion for teaching is apparent in every class and in the way he makes time for students outside the classroom."

  

Congratulations to Amin and to the 2016 graduates!

 

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June 2016

Audrey Bowden has been selected to win one of two 2016 Stanford Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Awards.

The Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize recognizes not only excellence in teaching but also the ability to inspire personal and intellectual development beyond the classroom. This may include, but is not limited to, encouraging critical and analytical thinking, taking an active interest in students as individuals, and influencing the way students think about the world.

Every year, members of Phi Beta Kappa present an award to an outstanding member of the faculty. Nominations are accepted from members of the senior class. The winner is then selected by a committee of previous award winners and Phi Beta Kappa Council members.

Audrey was presented with the award at the Phi Beta Kappa Graduation Ceremony at the Bing Concert Hall on Friday, June 10th. She was also acknowledged at the Electrical Engineering Commencement on Sunday, June 12.

 

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June 2016

Stephen P. Boyd was honored "for his signature course, Convex Optimization, which attracts more than 300 Stanford students each year, is taught at more than 100 universities and, over the past 20 years has had a profound influence on how researchers and engineers think about convex models to solve problems."

He was commended "for revolutionizing the way mathematical optimization is taught and applied in engineering and the social and natural sciences worldwide," and "for his new course on linear algebra for freshmen and sophomores – anticipated to become a cornerstone in undergraduate engineering mathematics."

Stephen will receive his award on Sunday, June 12, 2016 during the 125th Commencement ceremony.

The Gores Award is the University's highest award for excellence in teaching. The Walter J. Gores Awards recognize undergraduate and graduate teaching excellence. As the University's highest award for teaching, the Gores Award celebrates achievement in educational activities that include lecturing, tutoring, advising, and discussion leading.

 

Excerpts from the Stanford News. Read full article.

June 2016

Andrea Montanari has been selected to receive the 2016 IEEE Information Theory Society James L. Massey Research & Teaching Award for Young Scholars

Andrea's research focuses on developing efficient algorithms to make sense of large amounts of noisy data, extract information from observations, and estimate signals from measurements. This effort spans several disciplines including statistics, computer science, information theory, machine learning. He is also working on applications of these techniques to healthcare data analytics.

2016 marks the second year of the James L. Massey Research & Teaching Award for Young Scholars. The award is named in honor of James L. Massey, who was an internationally acclaimed pioneer in digital communications and a revered teacher and mentor to an entire generation of communications engineers. He was one of the outstanding researchers and leaders of the IEEE Information Theory Society over a period of 50 years. This award recognizes "outstanding achievement in research and teaching by young scholars in the Information Theory community."

 

Congratulations Andrea!
Read his EE SPOTLIGHT article.

 

June 2016

Kartik Venkat (PhD '15) has won the 2016 Thomas M. Cover Dissertation Award. The title of his thesis is "Relations Between Information and Estimation: A Unified View."

The Thomas M. Cover Award was established by the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2013. It is awarded annually to the author of an outstanding doctoral dissertation contributing to the mathematical foundations of any of the information sciences within the purview of the Society. Including, but not limited to, Shannon theory, source and channel encoding theory, data compression, learning theory, quantum information theory and computing, complexity theory, and applications of information theory in probability and statistics.

Kartik completed his PhD December 2015. In 2015, he also received the Marconi Young Scholars Award, at which time he planned to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities to apply his work to real world problems, taking "deep ideas in research and using them to transform the way an industry is viewed."

 

Congratulations to Kartik!

Read Kartik's EE Spotlight article

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Three staff members each received a $50 Visa card in recognition of their extraordinary efforts as part of the department’s 2014 Staff Gift Card Bonus Program. The EE department received several nominations in January, and nominations from 2013 were also considered.

Following are January’s gift card recipients and some of the comments from their nominators:

Ann Guerra, Faculty Administrator

  • “She is very kind to students and always enthusiastic to help students… every time we need emergent help, she is willing to give us a hand.”
  • “Ann helps anyone who goes to her for help with anything, sometimes when it’s beyond her duty.” 

Teresa Nguyen, Student Accounting Associate

  • “She stays on top of our many, many student financial issues, is an extremely reliable source of information and is super friendly.”
  • “Teresa’s cheerful disposition, her determination, and her professionalism seem to go above and beyond what is simply required.”

Helen Niu, Faculty Administrator

  • “Helen is always a pleasure to work with.”
  • “She goes the extra mile in her dealings with me, which is very much appreciated.”

The School of Engineering once again gave the EE department several gift cards to distribute to staff members who are recognized for going above and beyond. More people will be recognized next month, and past nominations will still be eligible for future months. EE faculty, staff and students are welcome to nominate a deserving staff person by visitinghttps://gradapps.stanford.edu/NotableStaff/nomination/create.

Ann Guerra  Teresa Nguyen  Helen Niu

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